On the same day their defensive line took a hit, the Kansas City Chiefs bolstered their prospects by signing one of the all-time great pass rushers.
The Chiefs claimed veteran outside linebacker Terrell Suggs off waivers on Monday. The move fills a massive hole at defensive end after losing Alex Okafor to a torn pectoral muscle a day earlier against the Denver Broncos.
The 37-year-old Suggs spent the first 16 years of his career with the Baltimore Ravens before spending most of this past season with the Arizona Cardinals. He had 5 1/2 sacks for the Cardinals before he was waived last week, driving the seven-time Pro Bowl pick's total to 138 sacks for his career.
"It was mutual conversations as the thing went on," Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "The respect was both ways, and we know what he's meant to this league, the Hall of Fame player he's been, and so we just wanted to have those conversations.
"We have such great respect for him. He was phenomenal in our building, work ethic, energy, the juice he brought every day, professionalism -- it was through the roof, and so we wanted to give him an opportunity to find a fit if that's out there."
He needs two more sacks to pass Jason Taylor for seventh most since sacks became an official stat in 1982.
Suggs could help fill the void. After prior reports indicated he wouldn't report to any team other than the Ravens, Suggs has reportedly told the Chiefs we will join them this week to prep for the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football.
ESPN's Adam Schefter, Suggs reported Suggs would strongly consider not reporting to the claiming team if it was anyone other than the Baltimore Ravens. Baltimore didn't put a waiver claim in on Suggs, believing it "wouldn't make sense," given the team is last in the waiver wire order.
He is owed just over $350,000 for the final two weeks of the regular season as part of a one-year, $7 million deal. Reports indicate that Suggs doesn't care about that money and just wants to return to Baltimore.
The Chiefs already placed Emmanuel Ogbah on injured reserve with a torn pec sustained in Week 10 against Tennessee. The Chiefs have sent Okafor to IR after sustaining the same injury late in the first half against Denver. Okafor was injured while sacking Drew Lock and immediately left the game before being ruled out minutes later.
Okafor has five sacks in 10 games this season, which ranks fourth on the Chiefs. Third on that list is Ogbah.
Without Okafor, the Chiefs are down to three true defensive ends: Frank Clark, Tanoh Kpassagnon and Demone Harris. Clark is second on the Chiefs with six sacks; Kpassagnon is fifth with four. Harris recently joined the Chiefs off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad.
In his first season with the Chiefs, Okafor missed four games because of injuries. He didn't play in Week 5 against the Indianapolis Colts because of a hip injury. He then missed three games in November because of a high ankle sprain.
Clark has missed time with a neck injury and a lingering illness this season.